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Wherever you go, you will find someone to tell everyone to stay away from the business. While I agree with that to some extent, I have found that much of what we do is about the registry, whether we know it or not. If you want to customize your Windows operating system at some point, you must deal with the registry. If you are a beginner, you can read this message on Windows Registry Basics – but remember that this message is primarily for advanced users, and you should always save the registry before you touch it.
Windows Registry Editor
If you feel uncomfortable playing in the registry, then I would never say that you should deal with it. If you are a user who likes to customize your Windows operating system, then the truth is whether you do it manually or if you use free software to customize it – everything revolves around the registry and is inevitable.
This list of tips for working with the registry, I hope, will facilitate your complaints and make it a little easier to manage. But remember, if you’re not sure, it’s best not to go near it.
Access or open the Windows registry
The Windows registry files are located in the system32/config folder, but of course you must use the built-in registry editing program Regedit to edit the registry, which you can access from the following locations :
- Press Start > Run > type Regedit and press Enter.
- Open Task Manager > File > New Task > type Regedit and press Enter.
- At the command prompt, type Regedit and press Enter.
TIP: Windows 10 v1703 users can skip directly to any registry key via the address bar or change the font.
Create a desktop shortcut to open the Windows registry
If you prefer, you can add a desktop shortcut to Regedit by following these steps :
- Right-click an empty area of the desktop, press New, and then click Shortcut. Enter Regedit as the location, click Next, select a name for your shortcut, and click Finish.
Files with extension.reg
You downloaded a file with extension.reg, but you are not sure what it can do? Right-click the file and select Edit or Open in the memo to see the location of the registry key it will edit.
00000001[HKEY_CURRENT_USERsoftwareMicrosoftInternetExplorerMainWindowsSearch] Version’=’6.1.7600.16385′. User Favorites Path’=’file:////C:Favorites’. UpgradeTime’=hex:fe,27,f3,41,02,91,cc,01 Configured ranges’=Word :00000005 LastCrawl’=Hex:3e,26,a3,a1,cd,90,cc,01 Cleared’=Word :00000001 Delete_TIMESTAMP’=hex:23,9d,94,94,80,24,48,cc,01
If you are not sure what. …. you can always copy the location and search it online.
Backup before touching the Windows registry
When you work in Regedit, there are a number of things you can easily do to avoid confusing the registry.
- Before making changes to the registry, it is always advisable to first create a system restore point so that you can return to the previous state before making changes.
- To save a registry key or export the key to share with another person, right-click the key and select Export, select a name, and add.reg as the format. You can also save the registry with Freeware or ERUNTgui.
Change, add, rename keys in the Windows registry
- If you want to change the settings to a registry key, you can do this simply by double-clicking on the desired value and adding the desired changes.
- Rename Record Key: Simply right-click the button or value and select Rename.
- A Add and select New key, the same with values.
Accept registry keys
If you are trying to manipulate a registry key and get an error for which you do not have permission, right-click the registry key and select Permissions. 9 times out of 10, if you do this, you must first become the owner of the registry key before granting yourself high privileges. To become an owner, click AdvancedOwner in the registry key properties window, and if your user name is not listed, select Other users or Groups and enter your user name in the text box. Then click Check Names to make sure you have entered the correct user name. Click OK, and then you can change the permissions. Learn more about how you can become the owner of registration keys.
One thing must be observed: If you intend to restore the property and permissions, first consider the original owner and permissions. The following is the default list of owners used when selecting an owner from other users or groups:
- Trusted Installer : Type NT SERVICE TrustedInstaller, click Check Name, then click OK.
- System: Type System, click Check Names, then click OK.
- Administrators: Type Administrators, click Check Names, then click OK.
- Your username: Tye in Your username, click Check name, then click OK.
- Users: Type User, click Check Names, then click OK.
Add registration keys to favorites
One feature I really like about Regedit is Favorites. As I tend to work a lot in the same areas of the registry, adding keys to favorites allows quick access to those keys.
To add a registration key to your favorites, simply select a key to access the main menu and select Add favorites.
When you are finished, you will see an entry under Favorites that you only need to click if you want to jump to that registry key.
If you know the registry key you are looking for and do not want to click by Regedit, choose Edit > Search and enter the location to quickly navigate to the registry key.
If you are more comfortable working at the command prompt, you can use the following commands to change the registry:
- or entry in register.
- Reg or entries.
- Reg copy./span>>
- Reg delete or registry entries.
- Reg export, entries and values in a file in REG (text).
- Reg import, entries and values in the register.
- Reg LoadLoad>>
- Reg Request Reg or a value.
- Reg Reg restore and entries in registry storage directory format.
- Reg , register entries and values in hive (binary) format.
- Reg : Deletes a loaded register section with reg load.
A command prompt when you type Reg / ? lists available commands.
Here is other command line tools embedded in Windows for advanced users like , , but I leave them at another station and keep them for easy use. Besides, if you’ve ever wondered where the Windows registry files are on your hard drive, go here to find out!
- Opening multiple registry instances in Windows
- How to monitor registry changes
- How to jump directly to any registry key
- Scroll through Windows registry keys, values and settings.
Tools for easy handling of registry keys, for users with little knowledge.
SPITZE : See how you can edit the Windows registry without regedit. exe – but using Reg.exe in Windows 10/8/7.